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SAFETY | 7 out of 10
Anti-lock brakes are standard in both the coupe and Spyder
Remote Keyless entry with Panic Button
offers lots of standard protection
The 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse contains moderate safety equipment that needs further evaluation once crash and safety test data are released.
Crash-test data aren't available from the federal government, but the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tests the Eclipse and rates it "good" in frontal and side impact but "marginal" for rear impact—indicating a higher likelihood of whiplash injuries.
All 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse models come standard with anti-lock brakes; the GT model has traction control, and according to Edmunds, "the SE-V6 is the only model to come with stability control."
Cars.com notes the "coupe's six standard airbags include the required frontal-impact airbags and seat-mounted side-impact devices to protect front occupants." Edmunds, however, says the "airbags protect front riders only, and the rear seat lacks head restraints." Popular Mechanics explains further that the Eclipse has "driver Advanced, Front Driver Side Seat mounted, Front Head Curtain air bags."
The 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse offers decent protection, but lacks some features expected in a sporty coupe.